Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your input, information and also your kindness. I will be checking out the "Fibro 101" and also info. on costochondritis.
I continue to hope that the open surgery I had on paraesphageal hiatial hernia and lengthening of esophogaus may help my breathing issues after more healing takes place. I know the diaphragm is stitched tightly which might affect breathing also. But at this point, 4 months after surgery, the shortness of breath is identical to my pre-surgery state. So, I am interested in the possibility of fibro and/or anxiety being factors in my breathing.
I never have anything similar to a panic attack. I just pretty much live in a state of low-grade stress, feeling "up tight", juggling lots of responsibilities and concerns. I seem calm on the outside, but not so on the inside. My shortness of breath does not particularly come on when I am feeling higher levels of stress. It can be anytime: maybe just watching tv, making dinner, times when there is no more stress than usual. I pretty much always do shallow breathing and often am aware that I am sort of "holding my breath".So, I was wondering: can shortness of breath from anxiety be like this -- sort of chronic, on and off, and not seeming connected to the levels of stress? I have heard of people with panic attacks having trouble breathing during the attack, but mine does not seem to fit this pattern.
I don't sleep well -- back pain on one side due to scoliosis and I am sure this contributes to one's overall well being and ability to bounce back, deal with daily stress, etc. I don't take any meds for this pain or for sleep. (I cannot take anti inflammatory meds due to another condition). I use ice, heat, capsacin cream, tens unit and maybe once every two weeks, I will take one Xanax at bedtime just to get an occasional good night's sleep. I also have an autoimmune disease that attacked my liver. Thankfully, with medication, that is controlled. My life has been a roller coaster of difficulties for the past several years so I am open to considering anxiety as part of my breathing issues. I was just wondering if my breathing symptoms fit an anxiety pattern that others have experienced.
So sorry that this is so long. Other than those closest to me, it is difficult for others to relate to symptoms that are not readily treatable; and I guess I have taken this opportunity to ramble. However, in the midst of my health issues, I am still in awe of how "fearfully and wonderfully" we are created. Even when some parts of our bodies are not working as well as we might wish, it is still amazing how many parts are functioning well and blessing our days. I appreciated the scripture you shared; it is one of my favorites also,along with Philippians 4:6-7.
I hope this finds you having a good day; forgive the intrustion of such a long message. Thank you again for your response and compassion and thank you in advance on any input you may have on anxiety and the type of shortness of breath I experience.